Monday, May 5, 2014

Analog Pack Break

Tearing open wrappers is indeed satisfying.

Topps Bunt may be all the rage these days (is it, though?), but there's nothing like trading cards that you can touch and feel. I'm not the biggest Gypsy Queen fan as it's something that usually comes and goes during a time that I am focused on other things. I had a Target coupon for $1 off two packs to burn last week, on the other hand, so I took the plunge.

Pack 1:

135 - Gio Gonzalez - This isn't a bad design. I've just never felt like this was an essential set. Maybe my capacity for retro themed sets will never exceed two per year.

55 - Jake Peavy - I already forgot that Peavy pitched for Boston.

83 - Ian Desmond - Nice Washington Grays throwback.

N174-RH - Rickey Henderson N174 - Not quite the same thing as the original, but fun anyway.

251 - Erik Johnson Mini - I honestly have never heard of this guy, so I am relieved as usual to see the 'RC' logo on the card.

116 - Mike Schmidt - There are reverse negative photo variations in this set, which like every variation card of the last 20+ years were created on purpose. What I don't understand is why many of the photos are not the same as their base counterparts. There's a nice visual guide here.

Pack 2:

210 - Homer Bailey - Okay, I'm already bored.

7 - Freddie Freeman - A Brave.

130 - Jedd Gyorko - I was hoping Gyorko would become more of a star because his name is fun to say. I guess he's got plenty of time, though.

N174-TS - Tom Seaver N174 - They should have had all of these baseball players in an old timey boxing pose!

279 - Chris Tillman Mini

144 - Eddie Mathews - A classic Brave.

These are all up for grabs if you're into this sort of thing.


  1. I think I would love Gypsy Queen this year if those N174s were the base card. But since they didn't I am pretty much ready for the GQ line to die. 3 boring years in a row means it's time to try something new.

  2. I want to like Gypsy Queen, but I just don't. If you want to revisit Topps sets of the past there is Archives and Heritage. Gypsy Queen seems to want to exist in the same niche as Allen & Ginter's, but compared to that set Gypsy Queen is B-O-R-I-N-G.


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